NBA : Baylor’s Pierre Jackson suffered a minor, acute patella injury to his left knee and won’t be able to work out in the final week leading up to the NBA draft
MLB : The New York Yankees infielder Kevin Youkilis has been lost for at least 10-12 weeks.
MLB : The New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira landed back on the disabled list
MLB : Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz, who has a strained trapezius muscle in his neck, was placed on the 15-day disabled list
MLB : Zack Wheeler debuts with 6 scoreless innings for win over Braves
Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez questioned by police in homicide probe
According to Pete Thamel and Greg Bedard of Sports Illustrated, New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was questioned by Massachusetts State police investigating a possible homicide in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.
The body of an unidentified 27-year-old Boston man was discovered by a jogger in a clearing in a North Attleboro, Mass. industrial park at 5:30 p.m. ET on Monday. According to the Sports Illustrated report, the body was discovered less than a mile from Hernandez’s home.
The Sun Chronicle of Attleboro, Mass. reports that police found a 2013 Chevrolet Suburban with Rhode Island license plates in connection with the possible homicide. The vehicle was rented from Enterprise and, according to Sports Illustrated, the rental of that vehicle is tied to Hernandez, who is not believed to be a suspect in the homicide.
ABC News reports that Hernandez has been ”uncooperative” with police, who refer to the deceased as an ”associate” of Hernandez. Bedard reported via his Twitter feed that police blocked off the driveway to Hernandez’s home, and that two males (neither of whom was Hernandez) were taken away by police after they attempted to leave the house and questioned why the driveway was blocked.
North Attleboro is on the Massachusetts/Rhode Island border, approximately 40 miles to the southwest of Boston and a little over 10 miles southwest of the Patriots’ headquarters in Foxboro.
Hernandez was a 2010 fourth-round pick (No. 113 overall) out of Florida by the Patriots. Over the last three seasons, Hernandez has 175 receptions for 1,956 yards with 18 touchdowns during the regular season with 35 receptions for 360 yards and two touchdowns in six career playoff games. The Patriots signed Hernandez to a five-year, $37.5 million contract extension that included $16 million in guaranteed money on Aug. 27, 2012.
By Brian McIntyre
NFL : New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski underwent back surgery
NFL : Tony Gonzalez said that the biggest factor in his decision to return to the Atlanta Falcons for the 2013 season was his 12-year-old son
Falcons have initial approval to go forward with futuristic stadium design
The first drawings of the Atlanta Falcons’ proposed new stadium put the team firmly in the forefront of facility design, to be sure. While most of the new stadiums in any outdoor sport go forward at reasonable” paces, the Falcons’ idealized stadium looks like something out of the next century, and it’s looking like it will happen.
According to the team’s official site, the Falcons have completed a full conceptual design of the new stadium, which is estimated to be complete in time for the 2017 season. As you would expect from the designs, it will take a LOT of people to get this done. As the Falcons move forward on the actual schematic design stage, they announced that three different architectural firms will partner with the main agency, 360 Architecture.
“The conceptual design phase of the new stadium project has been a dynamic, interactive and collaborative process,” Falcons President & CEO Rich McKay said in a statement. “Our discussions and decisions have focused on creating an iconic asset for the city and state, a great game day experience for our fans and attendees of other events that will be held in the new stadium, and a connection with the surrounding communities. We look forward to moving into the more detailed design phase with our great partners at 360 Architecture and their recently-selected joint venture partners.”
The estimated cost for the facility is $1 billion, with public funding of $200 million, and the Falcons taking on all other costs. It will sit on the south side of the Georgia Dome, the Falcons’ current home, which will be demolished when the new place is complete.
At a recent meeting with the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s Stadium Development Committee, Bill Johnson of 360 Architecture talked about the concept of a more open stadium — a ”window on the world,” so to speak. One challenge was the idea of a more open retractable roof, and Johnson said that the plan is to have “an open building that closes rather than a closed building that opens,” which may involve a glass-like material that can be transparent or opaque, depending on the weather.
There will be a team of general contractors — Holder Construction Company, H.J. Russell & Company, and C.D. Moody Construction Company have worked together before, most recently and notably on the design for the International terminal at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
The stadium will seat approximately 70,000 people, with 180 luxury suites and 7,500 club seats. The Georgia Dome seats 71,228, has 162 suites, and 5,174 club seats.
By Doug Farrar
Top 10 Plays of the Night: NBA Finals Game 6 Spurs at Heat
NBA Finals Highlights: Spurs at Heat Game 6
NBA : #Spurs 100 – 103 #Heat (OT/Final; Series tied 3-3)
NHL : The Sharks agreed with star center Logan Couture on a five-year contract extension worth about $6 million annually
NHL : The Flyers have agreed to terms with veteran defenseman Mark Streit on a four-year, $21.5 million deal
NHL : The Los Angeles Kings and defenseman Slava Voynov have agreed to terms on a new six-year contract
NHL : The Detroit Red Wings accomplished their No. 1 goal of this offseason by agreeing to a new deal with Pavel Datsyuk.
MLB : Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz has been activated from the disabled list.
MLB : The Texas Rangers placed utility man Jeff Baker on the 15-day disabled list
San Jose sues MLB over A’s vote
Major League Baseball is dragging its feet on having team owners vote on the Oakland Athletics’ proposed move to a new ballpark 40 miles south in San Jose, San Jose city officials said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.
The lawsuit — filed in federal court in San Jose — is disputing MLB’s exemption to federal antitrust law, which MLB has used as a ”guise” to control the location of teams, according to the suit.
”It’s time for someone to take on this supposed baseball exemption from antitrust laws,” said attorney Phil Gregory of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, the law firm representing the city. ”The City of San Jose is a perfect candidate to make that challenge.”
The San Francisco Giants have objected to the A’s potential move on grounds they relied on territorial rights to the San Jose-area market when they built their ballpark, AT&T Park.
The A’s say those rights were only meant to support the Giants’ failed efforts in the early 1990s to build a San Jose-area ballpark themselves.
The lawsuit contends that such territorial rights, regardless of the team, reduce competition and harm consumers.
Giants spokeswoman Staci Slaughter declined to comment.
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig appointed a committee more than four years ago to study the A’s potential move.
He rejected a proposal earlier this year from San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed to sit down and talk about the A’s plans and said Reed’s reference to additional litigation at the time was ”neither productive nor consistent with process that the Athletics have initiated under our rules.”
Major League Baseball spokesman Pat Courtney declined to comment. A’s owner Lew Wolff released a brief statement. Gregory said he is not involved in the lawsuit.
”I have no details,” Wolff said. ”However, I am not in favor of legal action or legal threats to solve business issues.”
Wolff has said he is focused on a new stadium in San Jose rather than a move outside the Bay area. Wolff is allowed to consider other sites within the A’s territory — such as downtown Oakland — but approval from MLB would be needed for a move outside the territory.
The A’s current stadium is run down. A sewage problem forced the A’s and Seattle Mariners to use the same locker room after Sunday’s game.
The pipes backed up on the lower levels of the stadium, creating a stink and pools of water in the clubhouses used by both teams and the umpires.
Baseball’s antitrust exemption was granted by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1922, with the court ruling that baseball is not interstate commerce.
The lawsuit contends that while baseball may have started as a local affair, it is ”squarely in the realm of interstate commerce.”
”MLB clubs ply their wares nationwide, games are broadcast throughout the country on satellite TV and radio, as well as cable channels and MLB clubs have fan bases that span from coast to coast,” the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit alleges San Jose’s failure to obtain the stadium would result in a loss of $1.8 billion in direct spending over 30 years. It calls on the court to find MLB in violation of antitrust laws and prevent it from blocking the A’s move. It also seeks damages.
Chad Johnson: ’Learned my lesson’
Chad Johnson said Tuesday in an interview with ABC’s ”Good Morning America” that spending seven days in jail has made an impact on him and he hopes he can still get another chance to play in the NFL.
The 35-year-old former NFL wide receiver was released from jail on Monday after apologizing to Broward County Judge Kathleen McHugh for slapping his attorney on the backside in court last week. McHugh had sentenced Johnson to 30 days in jail, rejecting his plea agreement for a probation violation after he tapped attorney Adam Swickle on the rear, prompting the courtroom to erupt in laughter.
”I’ve learned my lesson, especially over those past seven days,” he said. ”I think everyone deserves a second chance. Many would say I might not deserve it. I would like to finish my career off the right way.”
McHugh noted that in a previous hearing, Johnson put his arm around a female prosecutor’s shoulders, prompting her to tell him twice not to touch her. The judge also pointed out that when Johnson head-butted his then-wife, Evelyn Lozada of the reality TV show ”Basketball Wives,” she suffered a three-inch gash on her head that required eight stitches. The judge called those injuries horrific.
Johnson maintains that he wasn’t trying to disrespect the courtroom last week and when McHugh spotted him tapping his attorney on the rear it was the third time he had done so that day. He said it was ”the way I’ve always interacted throughout life, just in general.”
”I think that Judge McHugh was able to get me do something many people have tried to get me to do for a long time: slow down, just at life in general,” Johnson said. ”She was able to get me to do that, maybe not in the best circumstances for those on the outside but I see being able to sit down and think about life and where I’m going from this point was probably on one of the best things that could happen to me right now.”
McHugh ordered Johnson to perform 25 hours of community service and attend domestic violence counseling sessions twice a week during probation, and she extended his probation an extra three months through mid-October.
”I think with me being Chad it kind of made the judge feel that I wasn’t being serious about the situation but, trust me, I understood exactly what I did,” Johnson said. ”I lost two of the things in life that I love the most at the time. Football and my now beautiful, I did say beautiful, ex-wife.”
Swickle said Johnson will fully comply with all probation conditions and hopes to resurrect his NFL career. The six-time Pro Bowler was cut by the Miami Dolphins after his arrest for battery; he played most of his 11 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals along with one year with the New England Patriots.
”I don’t want the last thing to be remembered you know, well, Chad was cut from the Dolphins for an incident he had with his wife,” Johnson said. ”I would love to grace the football field one more time and to help some team. I’m not injured. There’s nothing wrong with me.”
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